+++185 WOMEN political prisoners in Belarus in custody + 186 WOMEN under partial house arrest+++ 9 MINORS in custody! +++in TOTAL: 1519 political prisoners in custody + 486 under partial house arrest+++


Veronica Tsepkalo

One of the three leaders of the national democratic movement in Belarus. Along with Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya and Maria Kalesnikova, she succeeded in bringing together an unprecedented number of people to protest against a regime that violates human rights, falsified presidential elections and uses brutal violence against its citizens. The trio have recently been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and have already received  International Democracy and Sakharov Awards. Currently, Veronica is supporting Belarusian women who have in recent months, been on the receiving end of the regime's cruelty.

Veronika Tsepkalo
Board of Powerful Women

Board of Directors

Vera Horton

Actress and Director, Vera has lived in the UK since 1998. She undertook a Russian language recording project for Google translate, was Director of the Russian theatre group Goodge Street, did voice overs for Mac Cosmetics and Estee Lauder advertising campaigns, worked on the One Billion educational children's programme, and has also acted in theatre and film in both English and Russian.

At present, Vera is actively involved in the political life of Belarusians abroad and the UK Diaspora, and produces content for the BelDiasporaTV channel.

Alison Cameron

Writer, activist, advocate, commentator and public speaker. Alison has a 30 year close connection with Belarus. She has a background in international development and ran projects in Belarus throughout the 1990s. She is an active member of the Anglo-Belarus Society. She has her own consultancy advising organisations on how to engage with citizens and communities as equal partners. She was named one of 50 Inspirational Women in Health in the UK by the Health Service Journal.

Valentina Karoliny

Studied Education and German Linguistics at Minsk State Linguistic University, Belarus, from 1986 to 1993. She has lived in Austria since 1994.


Valentina has many years of experience in international sales, import & export management. As Managing director, she was responsible for planning & budgeting, project & financing negotiations.


She is actively involved in the democracy movement with fellow Belarusians living abroad - the Belarusian Diaspora in Austria.

Member of Austrian Women's Ring – ÖFR

Ingura Lipsane

Has experience in international sales, diplomacy and language teaching. A graduate of the Institute (University) of International Relations in Moscow in 1991, started her career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, which at the time had just regained independence.

As Export Director of Latvia-designed bathroom equipment producer “PAA”, she set up many export markets and contributed to the growth of the company’s export sales.

In parallel, Ingura has always maintained her commitment to teaching several foreign languages including Swedish, English and Russian. Since 2018, Ingura has been devoting her time to teaching online via Skype  through the platform “Lonet Academy” where, apart from Swedish and Russian, she also teaches Latvian language for students from all over the world.

Ingura is one of the founders of the Belarus Women’s Foundation and actively promotes its work throughout Latvia.

Ekaterina Vasilyeva

Activist in the free Belarus movement and a dedicated advocate of human rights. Educator with long experience in mentoring and tutoring as well as international collaboration.

Born in Belarus, Ekaterina has been living in Stockholm for the last 14 years. She got her MEd and MBA in Sweden. At the moment she studies at law school in Stockholm.

Ekaterina is actively involved in several initiatives organised by Belarusians abroad and the Swedish Diaspora. She is also a board member of the Belarus Women Foundation.